Sunday, May 26, 2013

May Is Skin Cancer Awareness Month


Skin cancer is by far the most common type of cancer. If you have skin cancer, it is important to know which type you have because it affects your treatment options and your outlook (prognosis). If you aren’t sure which type of skin cancer you have, ask your doctor so you can get the right information.
-Information provided by the American Cancer Society

Basal and Squamous Cell Skin Cancers

These cancers are most often found in areas exposed to the sun, such as the head, neck, and arms, but they also can occur elsewhere. They are very common but are also usually very treatable.

Melanoma Skin Cancer

Melanoma is a much less common but more serious type of cancer. Melanomas are usually brown or black, but can appear pink, tan, or even white.

Lymphoma of the Skin

Lymphoma is a cancer that starts in cells that are part of the body's immune system. Rare lymphomas that start in the skin are called skin lymphomas (or cutaneous lymphomas).

Do you know the ABC’s of sun safety?

  1. Avoid unprotected sun exposure when the sun’s rays are the strongest.
  2. Block out the sun by using sunscreen.
  3. Cover your body with protective clothing, a hat, and sunglasses.

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